Bayelsa state governor Seriake Dickson on Wednesday launched the Öperation No Work, No Pay” scheme.
The scheme is a government policy that allows it to sack any worker found to be derelict in his duties. The policy is not for the creation of vacancies but to strengthen the workforce and raise the quality of output.
The governor said the launch became necessary as government financial input was not bearing the desired goal. So also, there is a need to ensure that state, local and parastatals do not collapse from negligence.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), he said only those who report for work regularly would get paid.
“The workers must begin to work towards generating fund for the state; this is not time for negligence of duty, especially at this time of harsh economy.
“All stakeholders from the state to local government levels must partner with the government to effect the real change.
“We will no longer tolerate those who stay at home awaiting salary alert every month.
“This is a clarion call to all parastatals in the state because the era of spending and paying salaries without generating fund to the state has come to an end.
Commenting on the policy, John Ndiomu, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (Bayelsa), said the issue is not the launching but the prompt payment of workers’ entitlements. He enjoined workers to earn their pay as the NLC does its part by parlaying with the government.